little more than a year ago Amazon announced that it would stop testing its employees for cannabis use, and would lobby Congress to end the federal prohibition of marijuana.
The announcement came as welcome news to many of us in the cannabis world. We see too many companies continue to threaten their employees with nonsense drug-testing policies.
Amazon is all for cannabis legalization. But they won’t allow you to buy a grinder.
“We hope that other employers will join us, and that policymakers will act swiftly to pass [the MORE Act],” said Amazon’s consumer boss, Dave Clark, referring to the Congressional bill to end prohibition.
Imagine my surprise when I learned that Amazon’s enlightened cannabis policies don’t apply to its own product lines. In fact, news out of Seattle indicates that the online giant is reviving the War on Drugs when it comes to product prohibition.
In a Seattle Times story published earlier this week, reporter Lauren Rosenblatt discovered that Amazon has been quietly removing spice grinders from its online offerings since at least 2021.
Yes. Spice grinders.